Smashing Pumpkins Live at Ritz Theater on 1993-11-18
- Smashing Pumpkins
02. Today / Quiet
05. I Am One
07. > Hummer
11. Cherub Rock
12. Spaceboy / unknown instrumental
13. Silverfuck > Over the Rainbow [Harburg/Arlen] (tease) > Jackboot (tease)
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|Today / Quiet|
|I Am One|
|Spaceboy / unknown instrumental|
* mild tape hiss, some tape flubs, tape flip after Soma
* poor sound, completists only
"I drive this fuckin' starship" - BC
- 2010-07-31 23:43:16
- Raleigh, NC, US
- Run time
- Ritz Theater
Subject: No Surprises, But an Intense Show
This gig was performed the day after Siamese Dream was certified platinum. Whether or not that significance had anything to do with the performance, of course I don't know, but I'd like to think that it gave Corgan an extra chip on his shoulder. Listen to the delivery of his vocals from song to song, and you can hear that this is an "on" performance for him. In fact, for the entire band, there isn't really a single mis-step to be found the entire show. They had been on/off the road since June, and by this point in November the Siamese Dream set had been standardized and turned into a well-oiled machine. Sure, the set here lacks any additional songs or surprises. And, the last circulating recording prior to this gig was Austin 1993/11/02, which means that there were 11 gigs between that show and this one in Raleigh which we have yet to hear. For all we know, there may have been multiple gigs just like this one. So, the intensity here may have been less a matter of the band delivering a uniquely good show, so much as them having reached a point where they could deliver a slick high-energy set no matter what night, what town, or what songs, they were playing.
In any case, it's still a nice document from this era. Even with the standard set, what makes it worth at least one listen is that the intensity in the performance doesn't come at the cost of sped-up tempos, or the over-the-top screamed vocals that were the hallmark of the Lollapalooza gigs in 1994. The songs here still retain a lot of the original "feel" to them, just with that nice extra effort here and there. Listen to the ending guitar notes in Hummer, and hear how Billy deliberately plays them with an added attack not heard at other circulating shows, where he usually keeps to the choreography of the songs. It's that unique enthusiasm in the playing which comes across from song to song.
This show does feature its share of the usual sparring with the audience that had become a hallmark of the October-November-December US tour. In this case it's most notable just before Silverfuck, but the banter is actually at a minimum otherwise, as are the between-song sound effects (which is an additional plus). In fact, the songs pretty much go from one to the next, and the intensity is kept all the way through the show.
Anyway, a recommended listen if for no other reason than to hear the band at a time when they could deliver a slick set without too much confrontation, too much drama, or all of the screaming or rushed tempos that would soon set in. Sure, this show might have been just another night on a long tour, played in a relatively obscure town, but that audience still got a good performance.
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